Good hydration means getting the right amount of water before, during, and after exercise. Water regulates your body temperature and lubricates your joints. It helps transport nutrients to give you energy and keep you healthy. If you are not hydrated, your body cannot perform at its highest level. You may feel tired, have muscle cramps and dizziness.
Water is best for staying hydrated. Other drinks and foods can help you stay hydrated. Some may add extra calories from sugar to your diet. Fruit and vegetable juices, milk, and herbal teas add to the amount of water you get each day. Even caffeinated drinks (for example, coffee, tea, and soda) can contribute to your daily water intake. A moderate amount of caffeine is not harmful to most people. This is about the amount of 2 to 4, 8-ounce cups of coffee. Here are these secret benefits of water that you never knew:
1. Aids in weight loss
Water is one of the best tools for weight loss. It often replaces high-calorie drinks like soft-drinks and alcohol with a drink that has no fat, no calories, no carbs and no sugar. It is also a great appetite suppressant, and often when we think we are hungry, we are actually thirsty. So if you want to lose weight, increase your water intake.
2. Energy booster
Being dehydrated can sap your energy and make you feel tired, even there is a presence of mild dehydration. If you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated and this can lead to fatigue, muscle weakness, dizziness and other symptoms.
3. Cures a headache
Another symptom of dehydration is headaches. In fact, often when we have a headache, it is simply a matter of not drinking enough water. There are a lot of reasons for headaches though, dehydration is one of the most common reason.
4. Healthy skin
Drinking water can clear up your skin and help you look more fresh and glowing. Commit yourself to drink a healthy amount of water over a week and see the effects on your skin.
5. Digestive problems
Our digestive systems need a good amount of water to digest food properly. Often water can help to cure stomach and acidity problems and water along with fiber can cure constipation, which is a major reason for dehydration.
6. Cleansing and kidney health
Water is used by the body to help to flush out the toxins and waste products from the human body. The more water you drink, the better your kidneys are going to function.
7. Better exercise
We all know it is essential to drink water when exercising, but it is for your information that being dehydrated can severely hamper your work-outs. It slows you down and makes your work-out harder. So the best time to drink water is actually two hours before you plan to exercise, and of course after exercise too.